Kim Curtis, a PhD Student from the University of Leicester, has been named as a Society of Chemical Industry (SCI) Messel Scholar, one of only three announced this academic year.
Kim has begun her studies into the synthesis of aza-disaccharides, an area with potential for application within the pharmaceutical industry, under the supervision of Dr Sandeep Handa at the University Chemistry Department.
Announcing the decision at SCI International Headquarters in London, Richard Denyer, SCI general secretary and chief executive, spoke about the history of the scholarship named after a founder Member and twice world president of the Society. 'Rudolf Messel's young days in Darmstadt and later as a significant manufacturer impressed on him the importance of recognising excellence and achievement in young people with an interest in science, as a preparation for nurturing their own self-confidence and bringing them to the attention of leaders of industry. Since his death in 1920 scholarships to this end have been awarded from the proceeds of his will, and they serve both to honour the memory of this SCI pioneer and to ensure that his splendid vision is perpetuated'
The Messel Scholarship consists of a grant of GB£1000 per annum and free membership of SCI for a period of up to three years. It is awarded after an annual competition in August among graduates who are about to begin studies for higher degrees in chemistry, chemical engineering and Related subjects. Competition for the award is extremely high. Previous scholars have published work in the SCI Journal of Chemical Technology and Biotechnology and present their current research to SCI Members at the SCI Annual Meeting Day in July.
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